What can I do with a politics degree?

What can I do with a politics degree?

If you’ve come to the end of your politics degree and have decided that you don’t want a graduate job in politics, there are many other career paths you could take.

Politics students have a bunch of skills that can very useful to future employers. They are very enthusiastic about their subject, opinionated and typically hardworking. The seminar room is often a very lively place.

The kind of skills you will have developed include:

  • gathering information, assessing and interpreting it
  • leading and participating in discussions and groups
  • organising workloads and working to deadlines
  • developing opinions and ideas
  • essay writing, presentation and analytical skills
  • reading pages of text and picking out the essential points
  • stating a case
  • solving problems
  • assimilating facts
  • expressing yourself clearly (certainly in writing, and probably in person too)

Fresh out of university, there are plenty of options – public services, the Civil Service and local government, non-governmental organisation (NGO) work, and research.

Even with a minimum amount of training, many organisations are looking for enthusiastic graduates fresh from university. Potential career paths could include:

  • banking
  • business
  • journalism
  • chartered accountant
  • technical writer
  • industrial buyer retail buyer
  • distribution or logistics manager
  • marketing executive
  • solicitor

There are plenty of people who have graduated with a politics degree without making it their life’s work. Consider the following celebrities:

  • Elisabeth Shue
  • Harry Enfield
  • Mia Hamm
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Jerry Springer
  • Anne Rice